Harold Smith

Bruce Smith

Thursday, November 16th, 1922 Thursday, December 5th, 2019

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Obituary for Bruce Smith

Smith, Harold Bruce
Nov. 16, 1922 - Dec. 05, 2019
It is with sadness that we say farewell to our much loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, but take comfort that he wanted to leave this world behind and is finally at peace. After a long and full life of 97 years, Bruce completed his life's journey as he had lived, peacefully and quietly on December 5, 2019 at his beloved farm. Bruce was a quiet and humble man and will always be remembered for his strong work ethic, his remarkable memory, his great sense of humour, quick wit and his abiding love of the land where he was born. He enjoyed the simple things in life: family gatherings, country fall fairs, music, dancing with his sweetheart, Marion, and riding his beloved blue Ford tractor. He was predeceased by his best friend and love, his wife of 69 years, Marion (2016). His life will be fondly remembered by his children: Diane (Ron) Little, Gordon Smith and Brian Smith (Mary). Cherished grandpa to Shawn (Jill) Little, Krista (Peter) Sweeney, Jennifer Little, Michael (Ashley) Smith, Leanne (Chris) Menchenton. Loving great-grandchildren: Ryan and Jenna Little, Paige, James and Claire Sweeney, Lincoln, Vanessa and Xander Smith, Cole, Logan and Camron Smith, all of whom could bring a smile to his face. Survived by his youngest sister, Mary Spooner and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters, Ruby McCauley and Floretta Early. Losing dad is the end of an era for our family, but we're all better for having his shining example of hard work, love and humour. Special thanks to Dr. Reta French, the palliative care team and PSW's whose helpful and caring efforts allowed dad to have his final days at home.
Bruce's wishes for cremation have taken place.
Relatives and friends are invited to join Bruce's family for a Celebration of Life to be held at Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville on Saturday, January 11, 2020 with visitation from 1:30 and Service to follow at 2:30 p.m.
If desired, donations may be made to the CNIB in support of Bruce's fight against Macular Degeneration.
We will deeply miss this man who "sang in the rain and whistled while he worked."
A tree will be planted in memory of Bruce in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Orangeville, On
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    Saturday, January 11th, 2020
    1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Orangeville, On
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020
  • Reception

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Dods & McNair Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020
    3:30pm - 5:00pm

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Jim Willoughby

So sorry for your loss Diane & Ron
Jim Willoughby in Australia
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My sincerest condolences to your family. Always in my thoughts and prayers.... Joanne Goldstein
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